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Bridging the AOR gap

  Bridging the AOR gap In November, the government announced that a delay in the construction of the Queenston Class Joint Support Ships would leave the navy without supply ships until at least 2021 or 2022 at the earliest. The government announced that over the past few months that they have been looking into ways […]

The most complex commercial vessel ever built in North America

Chantier Davie Canada Inc. (‘Davie’) today announced that hull number 717, the ‘Cecon Pride’, a multipurpose offshore construction vessel, has been delivered to its client, Norwegian oilfield services company Cecon. Davie’s Chief Executive Officer, Alan Bowen, commented, “This ship is the most complex commercial vessel to have ever been built at a North American shipyard. […]

BC Ferries – Update

The times Colonist of Victoria BC has reported that mid-life upgrades are being considered for two BC Ferries Spirit-Class vessels.  These vessels are the largest in the   BC Ferries fleet.  The plan is that the work on these vessels would take place in 2016 and 2017 and include replacing the present diesel engines with a […]

BC Ferries

BC Ferries has awarded a $165 million contract for three new intermediate class ferries to Remontowa Shipbuilding SA of Gdansk, Poland. These ferries will be dual-fuel diesel and LNG for propulsion and power generation. The contract includes guarantees for completion dates and vessel performance.  Warranties are above industry standard with penalties for late delivery.  There […]

Quebec Maritime Policy

The new Quebec maritime policy offers considerable assistance to the marine industry and shipbuilders in Quebec.  The policy initiatives include: A tax deduction for funds Quebec shipowners reserve for for the modernization and repair of their fleet or for the construction of vessels in Quebec shipyards. The development of major intermodel and logistic hubs along […]

Atlantic Towing Limited

Atlantic Towing Limited (an Irving Company) recently announced that it has secured a new ten-year firm contract, plus a total of 15-years of options at the Charterers’ discretion, with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC) for four new state-of-the art Platform Supply Vessels operating out of St John’s, NL.  The […]


Arctic Issues have been a priority item for the Canadian government for some years. The Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) is a manifestation of this.  AOPS has been part of the growing pains associated with NSPS and now looks to be on the right track.  However there is a much bigger requirement for arctic  capable […]